Trans-Afghan rail corridor needs EU as much as Taliban
Image: Chengfan ZhaoChengfan Zhao
A delegation of Uzbekistan Railways is on a visit to Europe with a mission: stirring the interest in the Trans-Afghan Corridor. This corridor that connects Uzbekistan with Pakistan via Afghanistan is in need of foreign investment, but the EU has all but jumped onboard, especially since the government change in Afghanistan last year. But what is needed is dialogue, argued the special representative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan to the Netherlands.
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EU, itself, however, at railways need added capacity and added utilisation of existing assets, etc.!
(All other modes, by sea, etc. upgrade for higher loads – and lower costs…)
Current “overhaulings”, restoring, “maintaining”, etc. just is “cementing”, at standards no longer optimal.
Even worse, permanented short comings of railways, now have become excuses, for extras upon majority, clients of the single alternative…
Since long, for Goal of EU…, a New Old Railway is needed!
If EU is to invest in this, they should demand that the rail gauge is 1435, so a rail car can run all the way from Brussels to Kabul and possibly to China one way.
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